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Drink Your Milk and Cookie Cocktails at DoubleTree by Hilton Hotels

August 12, 2014 at 5:19 PM | by | Comments (0)

It's no secret that we love drinking in hotels here at HotelChatter. In fact, hotels might be our favorite "local." So all this week and next, we'll be pouring out some drinks for you during our second Hotel Cocktail Week(s) -- newly-expanded because there’s just so many drinks to share. We'll be posting quirky cocktails, boozy trends, unique menus and even recipes so you can recreate your favorite hotel drink at home. We expect everyone will be getting a bit tipsy over the next couple of weeks! But don't forget to tip your bartenders, in this case, us.

For those of you have ever sunk your teeth into DoubleTree by Hilton’s gooey-good chocolate chip cookies (each and every DoubleTree Hotel—from Anaheim to Zanzibar—hands these babies out to guests to the tune of 60,000 per day) knows why we’re excited about these cocktails. Now, you don’t just get to eat the cookies, you can drink ’em too.

If you can’t make it to one of these hotels to try these cookie bevvies in person (although you’ll miss out on that hotel bar ambiance) you can always make one (or all) at home.

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Is that a Slice of Bacon in Your Cocktail? At the Milestone London It Is

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  Site Where: 1 Kensington Court, London, United Kingdom, W8 5DL
August 12, 2014 at 8:34 AM | by | Comments (0)

Flowers, fruits, and other sweets we see served a lot with hotel cocktails, but whither the options for those that prefer their treats to be savory?

The Milestone Hotel London seems to have wondered the same, with their “Shock Me” beer cocktail bringing some balance this month. The cocktail mixes 75ml of Brown Ale (Bishop Fingers), 50ml bourbon, 25ml of Southern Comfort, and one teaspoon of maple syrup. Stirring for 10 seconds with ice, it’s served in an Old Fashion glass over ice and finished with a slice of crispy maple-cured bacon. The “Shock Me” costs £15 ($25 and is served in Stables Bar or elsewhere in the public spaces.

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HotelChatter's Hotel Cocktail Week(s) Begins with These Lazy-Hazy End Of Summer Cocktails

August 11, 2014 at 5:09 PM | by | Comments (0)

It's no secret that we love drinking in hotels here at HotelChatter. In fact, hotels might be our favorite "local." So all this week and next, we'll be pouring out some drinks for you during our second Hotel Cocktail Week(s) -- newly-expanded because there’s just so many drinks to share. We'll be posting quirky cocktails, boozy trends, unique menus and even recipes so you can recreate your favorite hotel drink at home. We expect everyone will be getting a bit tipsy over the next couple of weeks! But don't forget to tip your bartenders, in this case, us.

Although this may depress a few of you, it’s time to face reality: there are only a few short weeks remaining of good ‘ol summertime. But carpe diem everyone! It’s not too late to get these hotel cocktails and maybe grab some rays at a rooftop bar at the same time.


Sugar Snap Pea and Mint Cocktail at W New York–-Downtown’s Living Room Bar & Terrace

Created by mixologist Eben Klemm, the Sugar Snap Pea and Mint cocktail at W Downtown combines aquavit, simple syrup and muddled mint, lemon and sugar snap peas. Topped with ginger beer and garnished with a snap pea and mint sprigs, it’s one last fleeting summery sight for guests to behold. Plus the vegie makes it good for you. No need to explore that further.


The Farmers Tan Martini at Hotel Vermont’s Juniper

This drink is a twist on the classic dirty martini and combines the pickled vegetable of the day (most recently it was pickled fiddleheads), Vermont Barr Hill vodka or gin, pickling juice and a vegetable salt rim. Since it sounds like a pickle in a glass, we recommend a hearty beef burger to complement this bevvie.

If you want to give it a go at home, here’s what you do:

Combine 2.5 oz Green Mountain Vodka or Gin and .5 oz pickling brine
Shake ‘er up and put in a Martini glass with a Vegetable Salt Rim
Garnish with seasonal pickled vegetable

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Welcome To The Wellesley London, Where Three Bottles of Water Cost $127

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  Site Where: 11 Knightsbridge, London, United Kingdom, SW1X 7LY
July 29, 2014 at 8:30 AM | by | Comments (9)

UPDATE 11.15am: Response from hotel at the bottom of the post. Also, there were two clients with Mr Heaton, though the bill is as described, and the minimum spend refers only to the terrace of the Crystal Bar, not the bar itself. The hotel also says it has apologised to Mr Heaton (presumably not via Twitter).

How much would you pay for a small bottle of water at a five star hotel? $5? (That’d be our personal limit.) $10? (Maybe if we were really thirsty.) Nothing, because water should be from the tap and free? (You’re clearly American, welcome to Europe.)

How about $127? Yes, one hundred and twenty seven dollars. For three miserable bottles of sparkling water. Sadly, this is not a joke.

Ten days ago, at about 4pm, businessman Edward Heaton sat down at the outside terrace of the Crystal Bar at the Wellesley Hotel in London. He was meeting two clients, and it was the middle of the heatwave. Between the three of them, they ordered three small bottles of sparkling water. He says there was no menu, they just ordered direct from the server.

Meeting finished, they requested the bill. £75 ($127) for those three small bottles of water.

Was the water laced with crushed diamonds? No, it was San Pellegrino. Was it served in a golden goblet? Can't be sure, but presumably it was in a glass made of glass.

Here’s the breakdown. £16.50 ($28) for the water (already obscene). £8.33 ($14) for the service charge (let’s hope they threw in a lot of bar snacks). And £50.17 ($85) for “1x minimum spend”.

Minimum spend? Ah yes. According to the Wellesley, anyone who sits down at the terrace of the bar - though not the bar itself - after 4pm must meet a minimum spend of £25 per head. Have you ever heard of that? We haven’t, and we’re pretty partial to our £6 cups of London hotel tea. The only hotel bar in the world that we’ve ever encountered a minimum spend at is £10 at the Montage Beverly Hills ($50 minimum spend for world class cocktails). It simply does not happen in London.

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The Ace Hotel in London Finally Opens Their Rooftop Bar and Terrace

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  Site Where: 100 Shoreditch High Street, London, United Kingdom, E1 6JQ
July 18, 2014 at 9:38 AM | by | Comments (0)

Just as London was sweltering through one of the stickiest days of the summer so far, did Ace Shoreditch open its rooftop bar and terrace last night, crowning its nearly year-old European venture on the hotel’s 7th floor together with a number of meeting spaces.

Running along virtually the length of the building, the terrace offers views ranging from the City (you can see the famous Gherkin in the above shot) to St. Paul’s, the Barbican, Centre Point at Tottenham Court Road, and the far north.

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Copley Square Hotel Sprouts Rooftop Garden for Cocktails

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  Site Where: 47 Huntington Ave. [map], Boston, MA, United States, 02116
July 18, 2014 at 8:55 AM | by | Comments (0)

Growing herbs on a rooftop? Been there, done that. It was our first post-college apartment, man. It was pretty tight. But then we realized our Doritos budget was climbing higher than the cable bill, and our roommate started dating a cop, so…

Oh, never mind. Apparently the Copley Square Hotel is growing very different kinds of herb on a new rooftop garden that it rolled out this summer. Basil, thyme, tarragon, mint and rosemary are all sprouting up atop the Back Bay property, and they’re plucked fresh for starring roles in a new herb-focused cocktail menu at its restaurant, Xhale.

There, tarragon is combined with grapefruit for a summery take on a gin & tonic. Rooftop basil is muddled with blueberries in lemonade, and then spiked with rum for a refreshing “Crush.” And chef Alex Deamicis is using the garden’s thyme to create a simple syrup that is combined with honey and whiskey. All sound intoxicating.

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Gŏng on Floor 52 of Shangri-La at the Shard Is London’s Highest Hotel Bar

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  Site Where: 31 St. Thomas Street, London, United Kingdom, SE1 9QU
July 2, 2014 at 9:01 AM | by | Comments (0)

When Shangri-La at the Shard finally opened in May, the highest bit of London’s first hotel high up was still a work in progress: the 52nd floor with bar Gŏng, swimming pool, and gym. While the pool will arrive mid-August, bar Gŏng (derived from dougong, a Chinese architectural element of interlocking wooden brackets) is now open and has claimed its title as the city’s highest hotel bar.

We headed over earlier this week to see it for ourselves, arriving without a reservation – something that, given the capacity restriction at 90 people, we wouldn’t recommend during weekend peak times. You make your way up to the 35th floor first, where you switch elevators to complete the journey to level 52. Once there, you’ll find two main sections: a cocktail bar facing north with a range of seating, and a larger section facing east with a champagne bar towards the back.

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You'd Best Be Off The Booze When Visiting Andy Murray's Scottish Hotel

July 1, 2014 at 8:56 AM | by | Comments (0)

Shhh, if we concentrate on the food, they won't notice the price of the wine

This had better not be a dastardly plan to put Andy Murray off his game at Wimbledon. The Daily Mail (for who else would criticize a national hero at such a critical time?) that Murray’s hotel in Stirling, Scotland, which opened in April, is overcharging guests on the booze. And we mean overcharging.

For instance, a bottle of Chateau Lafite-Rothschild Pauillac costs £1800 ($3078) at The Cromlix. What’s that, you say? You gotta pay for top quality? Not when the Berkeley charges a mere £990 ($1694) for a bottle of the same. And London overheads sure ain’t the same as Stirling ones.

A bottle of Pol Roger Cuvee Winston Churchill 2000, meanwhile, costs £425 at the Cromlix, but £275 at the even more famous Gleneagles, 14 miles down the road.

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Welcome To Croatia's Newest Beach, At Rovinj's Hotel Lone

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  Site Where: Luje Adamovića 31, Rovinj, Croatia, 52210
June 24, 2014 at 9:01 AM | by | Comments (0)

Nothing says summer like a beach club – at least, that’s what Hotel Lone in Croatia thinks. A trendy hotel (it’s a member of Design Hotels) in Rovinj, the Lone opened its pool area last summer, and has now launched a club, Mulini Beach, to join it.

As you’d expect from the kind of joint that has a concept store selling the work of local artists, it ain’t your bog standard beach club. Instead, there’s almost a lido feel to it, with a white stone and concrete platform arcing out into the water, surrounding a manmade pebble beach – the first in Rovinj, no less (not that Croatia exactly needs manmade beaches, having one of the greatest coastlines in Europe).

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Not a Fan of Soccer? The New Wine Game at Shutters on The Beach May Change Your Mind

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  Site Where: 1 Pico Boulevard [map], Santa Monica, CA , United States, 90405
June 20, 2014 at 5:25 PM | by | Comments (0)

If you're not a fan of soccer, or football, and could care less about who's winning or losing in the 2014 FIFA World Cup, then shame on you, er, that's totally acceptable. But over at Shutters on the Beach in Santa Monica, Calif., we think you'll find it hard to resist their own clever version of the tournament called, The World Cup of Wine.

The hotel's general manager, Gregory Day, and Master Sommelier, Peter Neptune, have created a wine menu that represents each of the 32 participating countries. Yes, some of the wines were harder than others to secure but as you can see in the menu above, Shutters is serving wine from the Ivory Coast, Ecuador, Mexico, Russia and South Korea.

Now, the way the game works is like this--once a team is knocked out, so is its corresponding wine. Adios Espana!

The hotel will be showing the games and offering the World Cup of Wine menu in their Coast Cafe and Beach Bar throughout the tournament which ends on July 13. Interested in spending the night? Rates start at $468 a night this weekend. Remember: USA plays on Sunday.

[Menu: Shutters on The Beach]

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Mandarin Oriental Opens - Swoon - A Mimosa Garden

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  Site Where: Passeig de Gràcia, 38-40, Barcelona, Spain, 08007
June 18, 2014 at 8:32 AM | by | Comments (0)

They had us at mimosa garden.

Really, there’s not much else you need to know. Ok, maybe: Mandarin Oriental Barcelona is opening two outdoor venues just in time to catch that blazing summer heat. One is called Terrat, and is, unsurprisingly, a rooftop terrace. So far, so blah – what five star hotel doesn’t have a rooftop terrace?*

The other one, though, is called Mimosa Garden, which the hotel describes as “a lush courtyard oasis” on the Passeig de Gràcia, the main thoroughfare of the modern Eixample district. It opens every summer and was designed by Bet Figueras, the landscape architect who also did Barcelona’s Botanical Gardens. It’s shaded by olives, cypresses, holm oaks and oleanders, as well as lavender bushes and mimosa trees. See, they mean actual mimosas. But we’re pretty sure you could enjoy a mimosa under the mimosa trees. That would be nicely meta.

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Did You Know That All Renaissance Properties Have This Secret Menu Item?

June 10, 2014 at 12:20 PM | by | Comments (0)

Menu items at the Renaissance Denver Downtown.

Last week, while having a drink in the lobby of the Renaissance Denver Downtown - we opened the bar menu to take a peek at the fare. Amongst the typical city-priced items, we noticed that one option stood out from the rest.

It looked strange and out of place, that last item with the peculiar price tag: 99 cent homeamde chips and dip. Was this a mistake? If soft pretzels are $8, and almonds $6... were the chips stale or something? We immediately put our hand in the air for the bartender to come over. We pointed at the menu. Are you serious with these chips?

Well, wouldn't you know that we just so happened to stumble upon one of the industry's best kept secrets. Turns out, all 157 Renaissance Hotels around the world have featured 99 cent chips on their bar menus since 2010. We've always been told to never question a good thing, but that simply doesn't work for a writer. Why, in a world where, quite frankly, hotel guests have become complacent and accepting of overpaying for food and beverage, would a hotel do such a thing?

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